August 18, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $128,045

Tuesday is the day my local paper, the Syracuse Post-Standard, publishes the weekly business section. In addition to special features, tips from stock experts, budgeting advice and the like, we get the judgment and bankruptcy listings.

Since mid-2012, I’ve been tracking health care related filings. I include anything that is likely a patient debt owed to a hospital, nursing home, physician or physician group, medical supplier, and so on; I do not include filings by insurance companies, many of which are so diversified it would not be a fair assumption that the filing is related to medical care or health insurance. 

  • This week, there were fourteen judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers totaling $136,363. 
  • There was one satisfied judgment, totaling $8,318
  • And there were no bankruptcies. 

By hospital, here’s the breakdown: 

  • Crouse had nine, totaling $71,962
  • St Joe’s had four, totaling $31,842
  • And SUNY Upstate had none

When there are any, I subtract the repayments from the overall totals and from the individual hospital totals, under the likelihood that they’ve already been incorporated into the numbers at some point now. St Joe’s picked up the credit this week.

There were two other judgments, one for a rehab center and one for a health support agency which account for the $24,241 difference between the overall totals and the hospital totals.  

The paper publishes only those accounts of at least $5,000.